We seek several Postdoctoral Fellows interested in developing and leading new projects in 2 broad areas: (1) central actions of oxytocin and other neurohypophyseal modulators, and (2) the regulation and function of dendritic spinogenesis and synaptogenesis.
These positions are funded by NIH grants, but Postdoctoral Fellows are also encouraged to apply for external funding based on eligibility. We have a deep commitment to mentorship and academic advancement. Grantsmanship (federal and foundation), peer review, conferences, RCR training, academic writing, mentorship training, etc. all form components of individualized career development plans. The lab’s trainees have been supported by F32 and T32 awards, as well as an Arnold and Mabel Beckman Postdoctoral Fellowship. The first PD that joined the lab is about to start his own tenure-track position, and another is on the academic job market.
Generally, research in our lab focuses on decoding neuromodulation and neural synapse and circuit plasticity. We are interested in the fundamental elements of neural circuit design and function, and we also seek to decipher how those rules apply in disease states. We pursue these topics through diverse projects in the mouse brain, utilizing a wide array of techniques: multi-laser 2-photon and light-sheet imaging, photolysis and enzymatic uncaging, electrophysiology, molecular and anatomical techniques including proteomics, as well as behavioral analyses. We also develop new synthetic biology and optical tools.
Northwestern University has a beautiful campus on Lake Michigan and an active, interdisciplinary neuroscience community. The lab is part of the Department of Neurobiology, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences. We interact extensively with Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences, as well as the School of Engineering. Northwestern’s Feinberg Medical School is a short ride away in downtown Chicago. Chicago area offers unparalleled access to music, theater, gastronomy, and easy travel around the world at an excellent cost of living.
Please send your CV, cover letter, and names/contact info for 2-3 reference writers to Prof. Kozorovitskiy, Yevgenia.Kozorovitskiy@northwestern.edu. To learn more about us, see www.kozorovitskiy.org.
Recent papers 1. Xiao, L, Priest, M, Kozorovitskiy, Y (2018). Oxytocin functions as a spatiotemporal filter for excitatory synaptic inputs to VTA dopamine neurons. eLife, 7, pii: e33892. 2. Xiao, L, Priest, M, Nasenbeny, J, Lu, T, Kozorovitskiy, Y (2017). Biased oxytocinergic modulation of midbrain dopamine systems. Neuron. 95(2): 368-384. 3. Banala*, S, Arvin*, MC, Bannon, N, Jin, X, Macklin, J, Wang, Y, Peng, C, Zhao, G, Marshall, J, Gee, K, Wokosin, D, Kim, J, McIntosh, J, Contractor, A, Lester, H, Kozorovitskiy Y, Drenan, R#, Lavis, L# (2018). Development of photoactivatable drugs enables nicotinic optopharmacology. Nature Methods, 15(5), 347-50. 4. Kumar, M, Kishore, S, Nasenbeny, J, McLean, D, Kozorovitskiy, Y (2018). Integrated one- and two-photon scanned oblique plane illumination (SOPi) microscopy for rapid volumetric imaging. Optics Express, 26 (10), 13027-41.
• Driven, fearless, ambitious • Excellent verbal and written communication skills • Independent yet collaborative • Experience in basic coding for data analysis (any language) and willingness to develop further • Desire to leverage a sophisticated toolkit of techniques (e.g., 2-photon imaging, photolysis, light-sheet imaging, fiber photometry, whole-cell physiology, optogenetics, targeted electron microscopy, etc.) • Recent or soon to be awarded PhD in neuroscience, neurobiology, or any related field
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About Northwestern University, Kozortovitskiy Lab
Kozorovitskiy Laboratory is located in the Department of Neurobiology, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences at Northwestern University, Evanston IL.